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CU football game notes: Kary Kutsch anchors strong effort by CU Buffs’ line

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Colorado’s Jaren Mangham scores on a 2-yard run on Saturday afternoon against Stanford at Stanford Stadium. The Buffs were 3-for-3 in the red zone Saturday, keeping them perfect (10-for-10) in red zone opportunities through two games.
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STANFORD, Calif. – Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell doesn’t expect to hear many words from senior offensive lineman Kary Kutsch.

He’s come to expect good things from him on the field, however.

On Saturday, Kutsch, who had started 13 consecutive games at left guard, was thrown into a new role as the starting center, and he anchored yet another strong performance from the offensive line in a 35-32 win against Stanford at Stanford Stadium.

“Kary is a very good player for us,” Dorrell said. “He’s the most quiet guy of the people on our team. He doesn’t say boo, he just works his tail off.”

The Buffs’ top center, Colby Pursell, made the trip but had a walking boot on his right foot. He was injured during the second half of the opener against UCLA.

Josh Jynes replaced Pursell against UCLA and was expected to start, but it was not revealed why he didn’t make the trip. The Buffs have also played so far this season without redshirt freshman center Austin Johnson, who is injured.

That left Kutsch and walk-on sophomore John Deitchman as the only two players practicing snaps in warmups.

With Kutsch moving to center, junior Chance Lytle got his first career start, at left guard.

“Chance played well, which I’m really excited about,” Dorrell said. “He really did nice things.”

Despite the shuffle, the offensive line dominated the trenches. Along with Kutsch and Lytle, the Buffs had William Sherman at left tackle, Casey Roddick at right guard and Frank Fillip at right tackle, with Kanan Ray getting some playing time off the bench.

The line paved the way for CU to run for 177 yards while also not allowing a sack.

Rare feat

Sophomore running back Jarek Broussard backed up his dazzling debut with another big game. Broussard, who had 187 yards and three touchdowns against UCLA in the opener, had 121 yards on 27 carries against the Cardinal.

Broussard is just the third player in CU history to reach 100 rushing yards in the first two games of his career, joining Charlie Davis (1971) and Marcus Houston (2000).

Broussard’s 308 yards is believed to be a record through two games. Davis had 283 in the first two games of 1971.

Third down success

The CU defense held Stanford to a 31 percent success rate on third downs (5-for-16). At one point, the Cardinal were 1-for-9.

“We know that’s a money down,” outside linebacker Carson Wells said. “We have to get off the field on third down. That was the game plan coming in, stop the run and get off the field on third down.”

Stanford quarterback Davis Mills completed just 5 of 14 passes on third downs.

Red hot in red zone

Two games into the season, the Buffs are 10-for-10 in the red zone, with nine touchdowns and a field goal.

On Saturday, the Buffs were 3-for-3 in the red zone, with three touchdowns.

Notable

Senior receiver KD Nixon made the trip and was in uniform, but did not play as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. … Tight end Brady Russell left the game in the first half with an apparent foot injury and did not return. … Nate Landman led the Buffs with 14 tackles, including one for loss. He also recovered a fumble on the last  play of the game. … Safety Isaiah Lewis, who was credited with three pass breakups against UCLA, had two more on Saturday. … Lewis and Lytle both made their first career starts. Three players made their CU debuts: running back Ashaad Clayton, receiver Chris Carpenter and tight end C.J. Schmanski.

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